View Full Version : Soaking Almonds - Room Temp or Fridge?
04-25-2008, 05:45 PM
Are you supposed to put your almonds in the fridge while they are soaking? And how long is too long to have them soaking for? The other day I soaked almonds for about 9-10 hours at room temp. and then put them in the fridge for another 6-8 hours. When I drained and tried them they tasted fine, although really fat and big. And then when I made almond milk with them and tasted the almond milk it tasted rancid and spoiled. My husband tasted it and confirmed that it did certainly taste rancid and fermented. So, how do you prevent that happening when soaking your almonds? I just soaked another batch for 8 hours at room temp and then drained the water this time before putting them in the fridge, although I haven't tried them yet so I don't know how they are or if they are good. I also don't understand how we ferment some things and some nuts on purpose and they taste good to us and then other times when things ferment when we don't want them to they just taste horrible, off and totally spoiled.
04-25-2008, 11:50 PM
Hi Rawspberry -
I find it important to drain and rinse the nuts multiple times while soaking.
You mentioned that you had them at room temp...what is that where you are? How long between the time you tasted them and when you made the milk and did you change the water during that time?
I am currently doing some experimenting. So far, it seems that nuts/seeds absorb the water more at room temps (60 - 75 degrees) than at colder temps.
04-26-2008, 01:42 AM
I've heard it's best to keep them in the fridge, and there's no need to soak almonds more than 12-24 hrs at the max (like you put them in the fridge soaking and then go to bed) most of the material I've read says they only need to be soaked for 8 hrs.
04-26-2008, 01:43 AM
I always soak mine in a covered container in the fridge, and I've never had any rancidity problems either...
04-26-2008, 06:28 AM
All of the nuts and seeds that I have done at room temperature have gone bad before they have sprouted/germinated. I now soak them in the refrigerator. It may take a little longer, but they will stay fresher and will not spoil.
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